Updated: May 16, 2021 10:30:59 am
The recent seizure of 10.24kg cocaine worth Rs 100 crore in the international market in the premises of a courier company at Chandigarh has raised various concerns related to the courier business. Experts believe sending narcotics consignments through couriers abroad is a standard practice being followed by members of international drug syndicates.
It is not the first time when a narcotics substance was detected by alert employees of courier company in Chandigarh. Similar incidents of narcotics being concealed in files and furniture sets have been reported earlier also.
In 2005, an Israeli man, Lior Avi, along with two others was arrested for smuggling 154.5kg charas concealed in furniture items at phase-1, Industrial Area. In 2015, a courier company detected a parcel loaded with narcotics wrapped in multiple layers of carbon and handed it over to the then special crime investigation cell.
At least 10.24kg cocaine concealed in wooden trays was detected by the employees of Excel Worldwide Pvt Ltd courier company at phase-2, Industrial Area two days back.
“Sending narcotics concealed in parcels is a standard practice being followed by drug smugglers. Earlier, my company employees had detected a consignment of drug, which was being smuggled while wrapped in a badminton net, through one of our branches in Punjab. Usually, smugglers prefer to send the suspicious objects on someone else’s identity. Dealing with this trend, I have introduced an OTP which the sender gets. Until the sender does not tell us the, we cannot proceed the parcel. In this case also, suspect Ashfaq Rehman tried to send the parcel on the identity of one Amanpreet Singh of Ludhiana,” said Piyush Behl, executive director of Excel Worldwide Pvt Ltd courier company.
“We have been conducting awareness programmes for operators of courier companies on how to detect and examine the suspicious products in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal. In various cases, we received positive results of these programmes,” said an official from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
Meanwhile, the interrogation of accused S Ashfaq Rehman revealed that he had been staying at Ludhiana in Punjab for a year, almost two years ago. Police sources said that he procured the Aadhar card and PAN card of one Amanpreet Singh while staying in Ludhiana. Rehman is in police custody for ten days. Police said that a team will go to Chennai along with him shortly. A team of NCB personnel also quizzed Rehman in the presence of UT police personnel at PS 31 on Friday evening.
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